5 Time Consuming Things That Don’t Actually Save Money

by Connie Mei · 6 comments

Everybody loves to find new ways to save. After all, it’s quite thrilling to know you did something productive to save a bit of money even if the amount is miniscule. And plus, every little bit counts when you’re trying to build your savings. But could your money saving habits actually be hurting you? The answer is surprisingly yes.

Despite the best intentions, many people are actually doing things all wrong. Yes, certain habits might save you some money, but it can cost you quite a bit of time too. Spending your time to save a few bucks isn’t always worth it. Remember the saying “time is money?” Here are five instances when spending extra time doesn’t actually save you money:

Always Buying Used

There are many times when buying used might actually be a good idea. For instance, buying a used car can save you a lot of money. You can find plenty of used cars in like-new condition at a heavily discounted price. On the other hand, many other items should not be bought second handed. For example, you should never buy used makeup and undergarments, as bacteria can grow on items like these. You also shouldn’t buy used car seats or tires for safety reasons. So how do you know which items to buy used? You need to research, and that can take a ton of time. Luckily, the Internet makes all kinds of research possible. But still, it’s a balancing act. Sometimes, waiting for a promotion and buying new makes more sense.

Stalking the Sale Section

Who doesn’t love a good sale? Sometimes, you walk by and find the best things just sitting in a sale section waiting to be bought. But other times, it’s not so easy. When was the last time you spent a day fighting everyone at the store just because you felt the urge to buy something on sale? Do you always gravitate to the sale aisle once you walk into a store, only to spend a considerable amount of time rummaging through a pile of stuff and not find anything useful? And worst, you end up leaving with one or more of those items you never really needed? Break the habit. Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you need to buy it.

DIY Projects

It’s awesome if you have the gift of being handy and crafty, but not everyone is a D-I-Yer. If you’re not comfortable making something on your own, you don’t have to make an attempt unless you find it enjoyable to give the job a try. It’s perfectly okay to buy something at the store even if others can make them by themselves. This is especially true for items you plan on using for a long time like furniture. In the long run, it might be more worth it for you to spend a little more now. Not only will you save yourself some frustration and time, but your furniture will likely last longer and look better right from the get go.

Not Using a Credit Card

Having an “all cash” system is definitely beneficial for those who can’t control their credit card spending. However, paying with credit cards can be beneficial too. First, you don’t have to spend extra time counting change. Second, you can get reward points and cash back when using your card, which is like getting a discount on every purchase. Third, it’s actually easier to track your spending with a card, helping those who are disciplined and willing improve long term spending habits.

Waiting in Line for a Deal

If you waited in line for Black Friday deals this past Thanksgiving weekend, you weren’t the only one. Thousands of other Americans did as well. You can definitely score a huge discount during these types of promotions, but is it really worth it? It’s up to you to weigh the pros and cons but spending hours waiting in line is definitely not time well spent. Plus, most retailers offer huge discounts and promotions other times of the year as well. Cyber Monday anyone? Sometimes you can avoid the lines and save even more. You just have to be on the lookout.

What is one time-consuming tactic that actually does save you money? Let us know below!

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  • Michael says:

    This year on black friday I spent several hours shopping online trying to find the best deal on a blu-ray that I wanted. I was thrilled to save the $15, but it was a very poor investment of time.

    • Paul says:

      Ah… but would the investment of time “actually” have ‘made’ you any money? Conundrums, they do abound.

  • LetsSee says:

    Credit cards…hmmm. Well, they ARE convenient. And they usually DO provide an artsy little infographic once a month to tell you where the money went.

    But, there are (at least) two things I love about cash:

    1) Can’t spend it if I don’t have it. Talk about saving money!

    2) It keeps the credit-monitoring agencies from gathering even more data about me, and my spending habits, and then allowing hackers to get it.

    So, yeah…gotta love cash!

  • Arminius Aurelius says:

    Another item that could be very costly is a slightly used man or woman who has already been divorced two or more times .

  • Myfinancekits says:

    I have bought some old things and I can say that some actually saved me money while some cost me more at the end. Before you jump into buying any used thing, it is good to first analyze the possible additional costs you may need to incur such as upgrading or repair costs.
    On the other hand, new things can be unnecessarily too expensive a times as a result of certain new features which you may not actually need.

  • Constance says:

    I can actually say that black friday is a complete waste, I spent hours in one store my sister and I were stunned about the time we wasted

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